SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.-- A Spokane Valley man and his accomplice from Coeur d’Alene were arrested on felony theft charges Thursday after stealing a man’s wallet, and leading the victim on a high speed chase.
Police said an employee at the Tesoro gas station on the 13000 block of E. Trent saw a regular customer get out of his car about 7:45 P.M. and watched something dark fall to the ground. The customer, a 22-year-old Spokane Valley man, then came into the store to purchase a pop.
Authorities report the employee then saw Jenna L. Myers, 25, get out of another car and pick up the object. She came into the store, whispered to Robert A. Hunter, 25, and then both quickly exited the store and drove away.
When the customer came up to pay, he couldn’t find his wallet, and the employee told him a woman had picked something up and was driving away. The man ran to his car and began pursuing the couple.
During the chase, police said the suspects reached speeds in excess of 100 mph on arterials, neighborhood streets, and the freeway.
The Tesoro employee called police and gave authorities the license plate of the suspects’ car. Officers eventually spotted the car on Sprague and Flora. Officers stopped and detained the suspects. By that time, the victim had given up the chase and returned to the Tesoro station. He told authorities the couple ran several stop lights while trying to elude him.
Police interviews with the two thieves revealed Myers had thrown the stolen wallet from the car as they crossed the Pines Road Bridge over the Spokane River. She also admitted hiding cash from the wallet in her underclothing. Officers recovered both.
Both suspects were booked into the Spokane County Jail on felony counts of Second-Degree Theft of Credit Cards and Third-Degree Theft of the wallet. Hunter was also booked for Third-Degree Driving while License Suspended.